verb (used without object) Informal.

to glide, move, or proceed easily or nonchalantly: She just sashayed in as if she owned the place.
to chassé in dancing.

Origin of sashay

1830–40, Americanism; metathetic variant of chassé
Can be confusedsachet sashay Sasha Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sashayed

  • “I am a divorced woman,” one said as she sashayed up and down the room in Goma.

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Historical Examples of sashayed

  • Then you sashayed up and asked her to dance every dance with you.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

  • They balanced and "sashayed" from the tropics to the arctic circle.

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    Henry van Dyke

  • We sashayed into the kitchen an' theah, jus' sittin' easylike an' waitin' right on the table, was two or three pies!

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    Andre Alice Norton

  • Plump mothers took part in the quaint old fashioned figures, and swung and balanced and "sashayed" in a gale of fun.

  • When she see Jinnie she jist made strides for the wood-shed, and old Jinnie sashayed arter her.

British Dictionary definitions for sashayed


verb (intr) informal

to move, walk, or glide along casually
to move or walk in a showy way; parade

Word Origin for sashay

C19: from an alteration of chassé, a gliding dance step
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Word Origin and History for sashayed



1836, mangled Englishing of French chassé "gliding step" (in square dancing), literally "chased," past participle of chasser "to chase," from Old French chacier "to hunt," from Vulgar Latin *captiare (see capable, and cf. chase, catch). Related: Sashayed; sashaying. The noun is attested from 1900.

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